Arlington County First Responders Host Public Safety Block Party

Published on July 26, 2022

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First responders from the Arlington County Police Department (ACPD), Arlington County Fire Department (ACFD), Arlington County Sherriff’s Office (ACSO) and Department of Public Safety Communications and Emergency Management (PSCEM) invite community members to join them at the 2022 Arlington County Public Safety Block Party.

WHEN: Saturday August 27
WHERE: Kenmore Middle School (200 S. Carlin Springs Road)
TIME: 12-5 p.m.

“With the creation of the Police Department’s Community Engagement Division in August of 2021, we reaffirmed our commitment to enhancing relationships across our community through proactive outreach and engagement opportunities,” said Chief Andy Penn. “As part of these efforts, we are excited to announce the return of the Public Safety Block Party and to welcome community members back to this popular, end-of-summer tradition. ACPD, along with our public safety partners, are looking forward to connecting with the community through fun and interactive activities and attractions.”

About the Public Safety Block Party

The Public Safety Block Party, last held in 2017, provides community members an opportunity to get to know the men and women who protect and serve Arlington County while enjoying interactive stations, safety demonstrations, entertainment, food and much more! This free event offers activities for the whole family.

Attraction Highlights

  • Opening Ceremony at 12:30 p.m. - Presentation of Colors by the Combine Public Safety Honor Guard
  • Behind the Badge - Back by popular demand, the ‘Behind the Badge’ experience allows participants to step into the role of a first responder as they engage in a simulated roll call and experience real-life scenarios handled by officers, deputies and dispatchers. Registration is required upon arrival.
  • KidZone Presented by the Department of Parks and Recreation TEAM Amusements - This family-friendly area allows participants to try on uniforms and view equipment that first responders use on a daily basis, learn about fingerprinting, participate in activities such as rock climbing, jump in the moon bounce and play a virtual reality video game. Participants can also receive a complimentary hair cut so that they’re ready for back to school.
  • Distracted Driving Course - Conducted by members of the Virginia State Police, test your focus and learn about the dangerous effects of impaired driving as you navigate a golf cart through this cone course with special goggles to simulate intoxication.
  • Vehicle Expo - Explore vehicles used by law enforcement, firefighters and partner agencies to ensure public safety. Highlights include spraying a firehose (ACFD), sitting on police motorcycles, a helicopter (Fairfax County Police Department) and even mounted horses (United States Park Police)!
  • Police K9 and Motorcycle Demonstrations - Get an inside look at what it takes to be a K9 handler or the riding skills needed to be a motorcycle officer.

In addition to numerous attractions, attendees can expect a live DJ, raffle prizes, an indoor gaming truck, moon bounces, food options and much more! For more information on the 2022 Arlington County Public Safety Block Party, including a list of all attractions, times and parking information, please visit our website. 


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